|Birth name||Scott Spencer Storch|
December 16, 1973 |
Long Island, New York
|Labels||Storch Music Company, We the Best Music Group, Tuff Jew Productions|
|Associated acts||Lil' Kim, The Roots, Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, The Game, 50 Cent, Nox, P!nk, Christina Aguilera|
Scott Storch (born December 16, 1973) is an American record producer. He produces hip hop music. His label, Storch Music Company (formerly Storchaveli Recordings) is responsible for signing Nox. He also has his own music production company called Tuff Jew Productions LLC which is published by Reservoir Media Management.
Storch became one of the top producers in the music industry in the early 2000s, working with and producing hit records for artists such as Beyoncé, 50 Cent, The Game, T.I., Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Nas, Snoop Dogg and Pink. Storch became addicted to cocaine in 2006 and spent much of his fortune in a short time, forcing him to declare bankruptcy in 2009.
Scott Spencer Storch was born in Long Island. His mother, Joyce Yolanda Storch, was a singer signed to Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records under the stage name Joyce Carol, and is of Lithuanian Jewish heritage. His father, Phil Storch, was a court reporter. His uncle, Jeremy Storch, was a founder of soul-rock band The Vagrants and wrote songs recorded by Dave Mason and Eddie Money. Storch's parents divorced in 1983.
Storch attended elementary school in Sunrise and middle school in Davie, Florida. In the middle of his freshman year, he left South Florida to join his father in the Philadelphia area, and attended high school in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. After dropping out of high school in the ninth grade, Storch was expelled from home at the age of 16. By age 18 he was living with his father in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where his cousin lived nearby. It was here his musical abilities flourished. Scott had a son in 1991, Steve Storch Bellido.
Scott made his first big step in his professional music career in 1991 when he became one of the first members of the hip hop group The Roots as a keyboard player. Storch's first big commercial hit was when he collaborated with Dr. Dre and helped produce the riffs for the song "Still D.R.E.". Storch's most successful commercial hit was "Lean Back", a 2004 single by Fat Joe. In 2006 Scott had another son, Josh Scott Storch with Dalene Daniel, his on and off girlfriend of four years.
2006 was described by MTV News as Storch's "most successful year creatively and definitely his most fruitful year financially. He was one of the top producers in the business, having worked on hits by Beyoncé, 50 Cent, The Game, T.I., Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Pink, Lil' Kim and many others." Storch was also awarded ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year award in 2006.
Cocaine addiction and financial fall
By 2006, Storch had amassed a fortune of more than $70 million but also picked up a cocaine habit from a Los Angeles friend the prior year. In August 2006, Storch "took a month off" and vacationed in Hollywood. "It was just a wonderful year, but I think it was defined by that magic month of August. He ran into the Hollywood class — and when he went to Hollywood, all things changed," said friend and manager Derek Jackson. Storch withdrew from producing and focused on partying with friends at his $10 million mansion on Miami's Palm Mansion. Storch also purchased a private jet, a 117-foot yacht (the Tiffany), and bought nearly twenty luxury cars, ten of which Storch estimated he purchased while high on cocaine. Storch squandered $30 million in less than six months, and was in financial straits by January 2007.
His addiction had tapped his inspiration to make music, and other artists took notice. In one instance, Storch left Janet Jackson at the studio waiting for him for ten hours. In 2008, Storch hit legal trouble after reportedly falling behind on both his child-support payments and his property taxes. In early 2009, he was arrested for grand theft auto for allegedly failing to return a Bentley he had leased three years prior. In April 2009, Storch checked into an intensive inpatient rehab program in Hollywood, Florida, and filed for bankruptcy that May. In February 2012, Storch was arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine and was released on bail.
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